Department Level Requirements - Biological Sciences
Requirements - Biological Sciences
Requirements for the BA and BS degrees with a major in Biological Sciences include course work in biology and ancillary science departments (chemistry, physics and math). The BS degree program requires more extensive course work, with additional studies in biology and the ancillary sciences. The BA degree program is more flexible and has fewer required courses to accommodate students with dual degrees or minors in other departments. Both degree programs can be used to prepare for graduate study or professional school. Students must also complete college and university graduation requirements, including university general education requirements.
All courses in the major (including ancillary sciences) must be completed with a grade of C- or higher with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading is not acceptable for courses in the major.) At least 12 hours of biology coursework must be taken in residence at MU.
Second Language Alternative (SLA) for students pursuing a BS degree in biological sciences
Students who are pursuing a BS degree with a major in biological sciences may opt to satisfy the foreign language requirement through alternative coursework (SLA) consisting of at least 12 credits in courses numbered 2000 or above. These courses may not be used to satisfy other degree requirements. Students should confer with the Biology Advising Office to ensure that alternative courses meet departmental requirements. Any alternative courses must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
|Major Core Requirements Biology|
|BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory||5|
|or BIO_SC 1010|
& BIO_SC 1020
| General Principles and Concepts of Biology|
and General Biology Laboratory
(Grade of A or B required for Bio 1010/1020)
|Introduction to Cell Biology|
|Evolutionary Biology (select from):||3|
|Evolution and Ecology|
|Biological Diversity (select from):||3-5|
|Medical Microbiology and Immunology|
|Biology of Fungi|
|Capstone course (select one) (complete in last 45 hours):||3-5|
|Undergraduate Research in Biology|
and Undergraduate Research in Biology
|Honors Research in Biology|
and Honors Research in Biology
|Human Inherited Diseases|
|Vertebrate Histology and Microscopic Anatomy|
All biology majors must take additional biology courses to total at least 29 credits for the BA degree or 33 credits for the BS degree. No more than 5 credits of introductory biology coursework may be included in the major.
Elective credits must be in formal courses numbered above 2000 and must include at least one 3000- or 4000-level laboratory course, one 4000-level course, and one WI course at the 3000- or 4000- level in a natural science. BIO_SC 2001, BIO_SC 2010, BIO_SC 2015, BIO_SC 2030, BIO_SC 2060, BIO_SC 2100, BIO_SC 2150, BIO_SC 2950, and BIO_SC 3010 may not be used to satisfy this requirement. MICROB 3200 may not be used to satisfy the laboratory course requirement.
Students may repeat research courses for a total of 12 hours. Any credits remaining after 3 hours are used as a capstone or an elective in biology will be applied toward total hours to graduate. A maximum of 12 credit hours from the following courses (BIO_SC 2940, BIO_SC 2960, BIO_SC 2965H, BIO_SC 4085, BIO_SC 4950, BIO_SC 4950H, BIO_SC 4952 and BIO_SC 4952H) can be counted toward graduation.